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News Call for applications for a short course 2011: "Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners"


The course is designed for entry and mid-level water and development policy-makers and professionals in government, donor, NGO or implementing agencies. A number of places will be made available to environmental journalists, consultants and activists wishing to take their knowledge on water resources further. Participants are expected to acquire a wide variety of tools and analytical frameworks from a variety of disciplines. While the focus is on policy, the extensive field and analytical competence of the lecturers ensures that participants benefit from grounded theory and experience.


The University of East Anglia Water Security Centre and London Water Research Group are pleased to combine once again their expertise to offer this contemporary, innovative short course. Bringing their respective strengths in water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, this course will provide participants with an exceptional chance to acquire an understanding of a key issue globally: water security.


The course will provide policy-makers with comprehensive background knowledge relevant to the increasingly important policy challenge of ‘water security’. The course will explore how the multiple levels of water security – human, community, state, international and global – require broad but considered policy inputs. Emphasis will be placed on the inter-dependencies of different sectors (climate security, food security, energy security) that interact within a ‘web’ of water security. The implications for national security and human security will be interpreted through an appreciation that water security for some can mean water insecurity for others. Emphasis will be place on the importance of shifting global climate and trade patterns. Participants can expect to leave the course with an ability to critically assess and address current water security policy, to gain an appreciation of the relations between water security and energy, climate, food, human or national security, and to have extended their networks and resource base. A certificate of completion will be issued by the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Course contents

The teaching will incorporate both natural and social sciences as a matter of routine. Cutting-edge practitioner and academic professionals will be used to deliver the 10 main topics. There will be lecture sessions focusing on theory and concepts, as well as applied sessions where participants will be able to discuss and compare their experiences. Examples from Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and from the participants’ own areas of interest will be used throughout. Topics that will be covered include:


  • Water security basics
  • Water resources security and water scarcity
  • Climate security and water security
  • Food security, agriculture and water security
  • International law and water security
  • Energy security and water security
  • Global trade, global political economy and water
  • Development and water
  • Power and water security



Dr Mark Zeitoun has extensive practical and research experience as an engineer and social scientist in water supply, water negotiations and the links between water conflict and human, state and regional security.

Ms Naho Mirumachi teaches environmental and water policy, and has a particular interest in the effects of co-existing conflict and cooperation on water governance regimes. She is a visiting research fellow at the UEA Water Security Research Centre.

Confirmed tutors include

Prof Tony Allan (KCL/London Water Research Group)   
Dr Declan Conway (UEA)
Dr Marisa Goulden (UEA)
Dr Bruce Lankford (UEA)
Ms Naho Mirumachi (UEA/London Water Research Group)
Dr Mark Zeitoun (UEA)

How to apply for the course

Email or click here.


  • Places: 20
  • Fee: £1500 (day rate £300). Includes all tuition and B&B accommodation

International Development UEA and Water Security Research Centre, University of East Anglia

Click here to see a copy of the 2010 course programme

Contact information Jane Donaldson (Mrs), Skills Development and Training Office, International Development UEA, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK (email: ; ;
Phone: +44 1603 592340 ; Fax: +44 1603 591170
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Source of information Skills Development and Training Office, International Development UEA, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
Keyword(s) water scarcity, water security, Energy security, Food security, climate security
Geographical coverage United Kingdom,
News date 02/11/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH